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Perhaps the "Lodge" - one of the most famous paintings of Pierre Auguste Renoir. Despite the name, the box is indicated in the picture only as a secondary plan, in the form of several expressive elements.
The basis of the work is a double portrait. The foreground is occupied by a woman who lowered one hand with small, theatrical binoculars on the side of the box, and the second, with an openwork handkerchief, laid on her knees. Behind her is a man in an imposing pose, carefully watching through binoculars for something happening. Both figures are located almost in tight to each other, but this does not create the impression of their commonality.
The attire of the lady is registered in all details. You can look at every crease of her fabric dress with wide vertical stripes, pearls wrapping around her neck and artificial flowers decorating the outfit. All this creates the image of a beautiful stranger, which everyone entering the auditorium will surely cast a glance at.
Unlike a brilliant outfit, the woman's expression is reserved and somewhat strict. The corners of her lips are raised, but she is rather sad than happy about something. The woman’s gaze is thoughtful and there is no impression that she is passionate about action. Rather, her thoughts hover somewhere far away from what is happening on the stage.
Despite the well-written details, they do not catch the eye and do not distract the viewer from admiring the lady's face: the binoculars in her hand almost merge with the side of the box, the scarf with the white glove on her hand.
The whole picture is painted in yellow, pearl and almost black tones, streaming down the canvas from the bottom. This creates not only the image of a beautiful, pensive stranger, but also that the heroine is in the theater box. The combination of black and pearl color is one of the finds of Renoir.
It is noteworthy that Edmond, the artist’s brother, posed for Renoir as a male model for this picture.